#childsafety | The Parent’s Corner: July 18, 2020

MSU Extension of Midland County and cooperating parent educators sponsor the Parent’s Corner. Send submissions to Midland County MSU Extension Educator, Lisa Treiber, 220 W. Ellsworth St., Midland, MI 48640.

Stories from the Stars

Come out to Chippewa Nature Center, 400 S. Road, Midland, for a night of family friendly stories about the shapes in the night sky from 9:30 to 11 p.m. July 18. This program will begin with an engaging activity while you wait for the stars to appear. To ensure each group has plenty of space reservations for plots of grass next to the Log Schoolhouse will be taken. Each plot will be 10 square feet. Bring a blanket, camp chairs and a flashlight to assist your experience. Registration is needed; call 989-631-0830 or visit www.chippewanaturecenter.org for more information.

Trinity Lutheran Preschool

Trinity Lutheran Preschool is accepting applications for the 2020-21 school year for ages 2 through Young 5’s. Children are constantly laughing, learning, and growing as they explore art, science, math, social skills and more! We offer a safe classroom, with low student group numbers, with a full-time caring staff. Come and see why Trinity has been a leader in early childhood education in the Midland community for the past 55 years. Affordable tuition and scholarships are available. Call 989-631-0692 or email trinitylutheranpreschool@gmail.com for more information and to schedule and personal or virtual tour today.

Homestead Sunday

Step back in time at Chippewa Nature Center’s Homestead Farm, 400 S. Badour Road, Midland, for a family-friendly Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. Weekly themed activities and tours will be available throughout the afternoon. Families may get to try their hand at grinding corn, pumping water, working in the garden, tilling the field or watering the animals. The Homestead Farm will be open Sundays in July and August. In order to ensure distancing and a safe environment, Homestead buildings will not be open during this program. The program will be canceled if there is inclement weather.

Kids Nature Art

Meet Chippewa Nature Center staff at the Visitor Center for a blast of water art from 2 to 3:30 p.m. July 22, at 400 S. Badour Road, Midland. After a short introductions and instructions, youth will be given pre-assembled kits with materials to create art through water and water through art. This program will be held outdoors and will be canceled if it is raining. Registration is required to keep group sizes small – only register one person per household/family group. Call 989-631-0830 or visit www.chippewanaturecenter.org for more information.

Reptiles, Amphibians

Whether they jump, crawl, hop or swim, reptiles and amphibians are fascinating and beautiful animals. Join Chippewa nature Center Staff on July 23, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., at Chippewa Watershed Conservancy’s Hall’s Lake Preserve in Isabella County, 11000 S. Old State Road, Remus, to search for these cold-blooded creatures.

Tools for Caregivers

MSU Extension is offering a six-week series for YOU the caregiver. It is all about self-care while caregiving. You will benefit from the class whether you are a parent, grandparent, kinship caregiver or family friend providing care. These sessions will be taught online, please plan on attending all of the sessions. They are on Thursdays and continue through Aug. 18. To register go to https://events.anr.msu.edu/PTCJuly2020Daniels/

Family Yoga

There’s a natural connection between nature and yoga. Chippewa Nature Center and Well-Bean are teaming up to provide a program that blends yoga, nature, education and cooperative games, breathing and relaxation on July 28, 10 -11 a.m. This fun and interactive program is designed to bring families together to nurture relationships and an appreciation of the outdoors. Registration is required. Call 989-631-0830 or visit www.chippewanaturecenter.org for more information. These themed classes will be held at the Homestead Farm and distancing with those outside your household will be practiced. Event will be canceled in case of inclement weather (light drizzle is OK). Please bring a towel or yoga mat for each family member.

Food Safety Q&A

MSU Extension will be hosting weekly live chats online each Monday,at 10 a.m. discussing current trending information. The next Food Safety Q & A will be on July 20, to discuss Food Safety Tips when Traveling with Food. Learn how to safely pack food when on the road to prevent harmful bacteria from ruining your get-together. Participants are encouraged to ask their questions during the Q & A portion of the event. Food safety educators will be available for this session and will provide the most up-to-date research-based information. To register visit: https://www.canr.msu.edu/events/food-safety-q-and-a There is no charge. For more information contact Kellie Jordan, jorda136@msu.edu.

Summer Fun Series

MSU Extension food safety educators will present a workshop on how to handle and prepare food safely when spending the day hiking. The webinar will conclude with a fun kid-friendly recipe demonstrated on how to make trail mix. Food safety questions are always welcome during these sessions. Register and join in the summer fun! To register visit: https://www.canr.msu.edu/events/summer-series-hiking-trail-mix For more information contact Kellie Jordan jorda136@msu.edu.

Food Preservation at Home

MidMichigan College’s Lifelong Learning sessions includes a series with MSU Extension this summer. Join MSU Extension to learn home food preserving methods and receive valuable resources to ensure the safety of the food you preserve at home. No matter what your home food preservation experience is, beginner or seasoned, these classes will allow you to learn the most current recommendations from safe home preserving and get answers to your questions. Join in on all of the classes or select the ones that interest you. All sessions are taught on Zoom. Visit https://www.midmich.edu/departments/corporate-continuing-education/lifelong-learning then click on the food preservation topic to register for classes. August 4 topic is Pickling. There is no charge to attend.

Online Food Preservation

MSU Extension will be offering an online Food Preservation class about Dehydration on July 23, from 1-2:30 p.m. or 6-7:30 p.m. Learn about dehydrating fruits, vegetables, and herbs. This class will provide resources to reference when you are preserving food. Participants will be able to ask Food Safety Educators during the Q & A portion of the workshop. There is no charge to attend. To register for this informative session visit: https://www.canr.msu.edu/events/online-home-food-preservation-series-july-16 For more information contact Lisa Treiber, treiber@msu.edu.

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